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Conservatives Invite Public School Teachers to Blow the Whistle on Frivolous Spending… and the Plan Backfires

A recent Dallas Morning News story by Corbett Smith described the hilarious and heartwarming unintended consequences of an effort by a conservative anti-public education group to enlist teachers in a whistleblowing campaign. When Empower Texans, a powerful conservative group in that state, attempted to solicit examples of the “misuse of school district funds” in the State, they instead sparked an effort by public school teachers to provide countless examples of how their colleagues selflessly donate time, energy, food, and clothing to school children who were experiencing problems at home. Here are some examples Mr. Smith cited in his article:

“Hey, @EmpowerTexans, I have a colleague who took a kid’s clothes home (in an inconspicuous backpack) every day & washed them for her AND brought it back filled with snacks [because] the kid lived in her mom’s car.”

“I’m #blowingthewhistle on a teacher of mine that gave me a shoulder to lean on when I was crying, food when I was hungry, and a second family. Teachers don’t get enough credit for what they do. They do more than teach. They change lives.”

“@EmpowerTexans I am #blowingthewhistle on one of my public school teacher friends. She has purchased several pairs of cool tennis shoes for some of her students. The kids aren’t positive who they are from. They just magically end up in their locker. This way no one knows but them.”

Public schools do a terrible job of trumpeting their successes, which occur on a daily basis and are too often taken for granted by teachers, administrators, parents, and students. If “success” was determined by the acts of kindness described above instead of by standardized achievement tests we would be hearing far more heartwarming stories and far fewer tales of woe and despair.

 

 

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  1. Joseph Miller
    February 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing

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